Braille Monitor                                                    May 2009

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Precisely at noon on March 26, 2009, the United States Mint began selling the Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar. Some minutes before that hour those who attended the official roll-out of the coin at the headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind began lining up to buy coins in Members’ Hall. The first purchasers were lucky enough to have their certificates of authentication initialed by the director of the Mint.

The obverse of the Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar        The reverse of the Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar

 

The plaque presented to President Maurer by Edmund Moy, director of the United States Mint--the plaque text appears in both print and Braille, and the obverse and the reverse of both the proof (outer) and uncirculated (inner) silver dollars can be seen. The proof coins are mounted in transparent cases for protection, but the uncirculated coins can be touched.

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